posted by Jiri Wagner
Lockheed S-3B Viking is a jet aircraft, used in the detection and attack of submarines, and as an armed scout in the anti-surface role. Extremely versatile, the aircraft is also equipped for tanking, mining, and limited electronic surveillance.
Modified from the earlier S-3A Viking, the S-3B's high speed computer system processes information generated by the acoustic and non-acoustic target sensor systems. This includes a new Inverse Synthetic Aperture Radar (ISAR) and ESM systems suites. To destroy targets, the S-3B Viking employs an impressive array of airborne weaponry. This provides the fleet with a very effective airborne capability to combat the significant threat presented by modern combatants and submarines. Additionally, all S-3B aircraft are capable of carrying an inflight refueling "buddy" store. This allows the transfer of fuel from the Viking aircraft to other Naval strike aircraft, thus extending their combat radius.
|Primary function||Antisubmarine Warfare and Sea Surveillance|
|Power plant||Two General Electric TF-34-GE-400B turbofan engines|
|Thrust||2x 9,275 lb||2x 41.26 kN|
|Length||53 stop 4 in||16.25 m|
|Wingspan||68 ft 8 in||20.9 m|
|Height||22 ft 9 in||6.9 m|
|Max. takeoff weight||52,539 lb||23,832 kg|
|Speed||518 mph||833 km/h|
|Ceiling||40,000 ft||12,192 m|
|Range||2,647 miles||4,260 km|
|Armament||Up to 3,958 pounds (1,781 kg) of AGM-84 Harpoon and AGM-65 Maverick missiles, torpedoes, mines, rockets and bombs.|
|Unit cost||$27 million|